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ESRC Wales DTP Collaborative PhD Studentships in Journalism, Media and Culture Studies

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Key facts

Application deadline 1 February 2019
Start date 1 October 2019
Duration 1+3 years or 3 years or the part time equivalent
Funding body ESRC
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship

Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Culture, supported by the ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership for Wales (Wales DTP), invites applications for funded PhD study. 

These particular studentships, known as ‘collaborative studentships’, involve liaison with a non-academic organisation, often at many key stages of the research programme. They will commence in October 2019. The following collaborative studentships are available for the “Journalism and Democracy” pathway:

The School of Journalism, Media and Culture is a world leading centre for media teaching and research and offer a wide range of courses at various levels.

The School combines a long standing record of excellence in teaching and training with an outstanding research portfolio routinely winning awards from a range of bodies. This reputation was recently recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), which ranked the School 2nd for the quality of its journalism, media and communications research when compared with 66 other institutions in the UK. 89% of the School’s research was classed as ‘world leading’  or ‘internationally excellent’ by REF, with both the School’s research environment and the impact of its research receiving the top possible score of 100%. Our staff regularly contribute expert opinion and commentary about research and topical news events to the local, national and international media and through the School blog JOMEC@Cardiff University.

Both the University and the ESRC Wales DTP value diversity and equality at all levels and we encourage applications from all sections of the community.

We welcome applications for both full and part-time study, and studentships are available as either ‘1+3’ (ie one full time year of research training Masters followed by three years of full-time Doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3’ (ie three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant.

Contact

Dr Cynthia Carter

Dr Cynthia Carter

Reader

Email:
cartercl@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6172

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum
Additional funding offered Includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) though an element of this latter fund may be 'pooled' and require separate applications from 2019 onwards. There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants.

Eligibility criteria

Residency UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply
Academic criteria

Candidates should have an excellent academic background in the social sciences, holding a 1st or strong upper 2nd class degree; applications from those also holding a relevant research training Masters degree (or an equivalent background in research training) will be considered for a +3 award.

Contact

Dr Cynthia Carter

Dr Cynthia Carter

Reader

Email:
cartercl@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6172

These studentships are ‘collaborative’ awards. Applicants should take careful consideration of the working title and description of the project, and may wish to contact the named member of staff in the Project Proposal for a discussion prior to applying.

A completed application form for admission to Doctor of Philosophy in Journalism, Media and Culture (October Start): submitted to the Academic Registry by the deadline of Friday 1 February 2019 by 12:00 noon.

Please note: A complete application, with supporting documentation must be submitted by no later than 1 February 2019 and that there will be no opportunity to submit further documentation following this deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The application must contain the following documents:

  1. Covering letter: (to be uploaded to Personal Statement section] Please address to Dr Cynthia Carter. The covering letter must set out your reasons and motivation for applying to study at Cardiff University, and the Journalism and Democracy pathway; your understanding, and expectations of doctoral study; and your academic interests generally, and particularly of those relating to your proposed research. The covering letter should be no more than two pages. Please also specify which pathway you will be applying to and whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis.
  2. Academic/Professional Qualifications and English Language Competency (where appropriate - proof of 7.0 IELTS minimum).
  3. References: All applications require two academic references. Candidates must approach referees themselves and include references with their application.
  4. Curriculum Vitae: (to be uploaded to Professional Experience section) This should be no longer than two pages.
  5. Research Proposal: (Please note, in the text box please state "See attached" as this cannot be left blank). For collaborative studentships, the proposal should build directly on the outline description that has been supplied. The proposal should be up to a maximum of 1000 words, not including bibliographic references. We suggest that you use the following five headings in your research proposal:
    Your reflections on the title, aims and purpose of the research;
    An overview of some key research literature relevant to the study;
    Your proposals for developing the design and methods of the study;
    A description of potential outcomes of the project for understanding, knowledge, policy and practice (as appropriate to the topic);
    Bibliographic references

In the funding section, please select "I will be applying for a scholarship / grant" and specify that you are applying for advertised funding from ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership.

The closing deadline for applications is Friday 1 February 2019 at 12:00 noon. Short-listed applicants will be invited to interview, which are expected to take place between Friday 22 February and Friday 1 March 2019. After interview, a final short-list of applicants will be put forward to a Panel convened by the ESRC Wales DTP Management Group at which final decisions with regard to studentship awards will be made. In most cases successful applicants can expect to hear by early-April 2019.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Contact

Dr Cynthia Carter

Dr Cynthia Carter

Reader

Email:
cartercl@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6172

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Eligible research programmes